Critical roles of RasGRP1 for invariant NKT cell development.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The invariant NKT (iNKT) cell lineage contains CD4(+) and CD4(-) subsets. The mechanisms that control such subset differentiation and iNKT cell maturation in general have not been fully understood. RasGRP1, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor for TCR-induced activation of the Ras-ERK1/2 pathway, is critical for conventional αβ T cell development but dispensable for generating regulatory T cells. Its role in iNKT cells has been unknown. In this study, we report severe decreases of iNKT cells in RasGRP1(-/-) mice through cell intrinsic mechanisms. In the remaining iNKT cells in RasGRP1(-/-) mice, there is a selective absence of the CD4(+) subset. Furthermore, RasGRP1(-/-) iNKT cells are defective in TCR-induced proliferation in vitro. These observations establish that RasGRP1 is not only important for early iNKT cell development but also for the generation/maintenance of the CD4(+) iNKT cells. Our data provide genetic evidence that the CD4(+) and CD4(-) iNKT cells are distinct sublineages with differential signaling requirements for their development.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shen, S; Chen, Y; Gorentla, BK; Lu, J; Stone, JC; Zhong, X-P

Published Date

  • November 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 187 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 4467 - 4473

PubMed ID

  • 21957144

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3212869

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-6606

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4049/jimmunol.1003798


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States